A judge has denied bond for the suspect in a weekend shooting in Columbia’s entertainment district that left a University of South Carolina freshman critically injured.
20-year-old Michael Smith faces multiple charges, including assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
Columbia police say he used a stolen handgun in Five Points early Sunday morning to shoot at two people as part of an argument.
But one of the bullets struck 18-year-old Martha Childress about 35 yards away as she waited for a taxi near the Five Points fountain.
Childress had nothing to do with the argument – she was an innocent bystander.
The State newspaper reports the USC student had taken her friend from out of town, a Clemson student, to Five Points for a bite to eat and a look at some of the nightlife USC students often take in.
Childress graduated last spring from a high school in Greenville and recently started at USC where her parents had gone.
But her college plans, now in question after the shooting incident.
Her family says she's paralyzed from the waist down after the bullet lodged in her spine.
Several hundred students gathered Monday night at a prayer vigil for her.